Visiting Nurses Association, 1912-1925
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Visiting Nurse Association, Records
The association held monthly meetings during this ten year period.
The Visiting Nurse Association was incorporated on November 23, 1923. The first members were: Elizabeth Osborn, Sarah Moore, Mary P. Torrey, Fannie G. Taylor, Arabella Mudge, Lucy A. Davis and Adeline A. Little.
The incorporation was witnessed by Justice of the Peace, Lyman P. Osborn.
"The Corporation is constituted for the purpose of supplying the residents of Peabody with the services of a trained nurse and to encourage the scientific care of the sick in the home."
Helen Stevens was hired as the first nurse. She resigned August 23, 1913.
In September of the same year, they consulted with Dr. Foster and Albert Merrill of the J.B. Thomas Hospital and discussed the possibility of one of the nurses in training being assigned to their work. On October 18, 1913, they hired Nellie Lundrregan as a nurse until December 1. Upon consultation with the hospital, it was voted that one of the senior nurses would be sent out for the work after December 1.
Minutes record the number of cases seen by nurses, ethnic background of patients and whether they were discharged from further visits.
On Feb. 23, 1915, J. B. Thomas Hospital Aid Association disbanded and its members joined with the Visiting Nurse Association.
Occasional reports of families with special needs were made. These were usually due to a severe illness, such as tuberculosis and would seek to find way to provide extra food for the family, especially if there were children.
On May 2, 1917, they voted to pay for an extra nurse to help with the home visits. On June 5, 1917, the hospital reported it could not spare any nurses for field work and so the Association voted to offer the position to Florence Hayes. When she declined the offer, they decided to wait for Nellie Lundregan to return from Boston with the hope she would be able to work for the Association until the Hospital once again had nurses available to visit patients in their homes. When Lundregan reported she was committed until the fall, they struggled to find a nurse willing to work for $70. The average was $10 higher. They voted to raise the pay to $80 a month and were able to hire Katharine A. Noonan for the job.
October 3, 1917 report states that until then the nurse was expected to pay for supplies out of her salary but when Miss Noonan informed them that it was more than she expected, the Association voted to assume those expenses.
In 1918, they began the weighing of babies to monitor their growth. It was also voted that Miss Noonan and future Visiting Association nurses be allowed to take private cases when they arose. Toward the end of 1918, during the influenza epidemic, Miss Noonan had assistance from one of the senior nurses at the hospital. With the aid of the A. C. Lawrence Leather Company, the nurses were provided with automobiles for their visits.
Jan. 9, 1919, Miss Noonan resigned, stating the heavy load in previous months as the cause and her wish to go into private work. The Association voted to ask her to stay and raise her salary.
On March 5, 1920, a Miss Dalton was hired to assist Kartharine Noonan. On October 5, Miss Dalton resigned and they voted to see if a nurse from J. B. Thomas was available for field work.
June 1, 1921, Katharine Noonan gave her resignation with the intention of going back into private work. Miss Dalton was her replacement. until November. Lida Mosher accepted the position next and remained district nurse until December 6, 1922. Florence Marshall was hired to replace her.
The annual meeting reports are written from the middle of the volume to the end.
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